State Supt. Janet Barresi Says 84% of Seniors on Track to Graduate


As the winter/trimester window for retaking End of Instruction tests nears for state students, Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi announced that about 84 percent of all current seniors have met Achieving Classroom Excellence (ACE) state requirements, putting them on track to graduate.

“I’m proud of the students who have met these requirements. This is an impressive percentage,” Barresi said. “I want to urge all students who have not yet completed the requirements to persevere and explore all options available to them that will lead to success and a diploma.”

Oklahoma public high school seniors have this year to retake their End of Instruction tests or to pursue alternate tests or projects as allowed by state law. The majority of the students in need of such remediation have only one or two requirements left to meet, Barresi said.

“The ACE testing requirements were designed to provide external validation of student mastery of critical high school content,” said Kerri White, assistant state superintendent of student support.

The 84 percent is based on self-reported data of all current seniors who already have met the ACE testing requirements in Algebra 1, English II and at least two additional courses. According to state statute (70 O.S. § 1210.523), all students who entered ninth grade in the 2008-09 school year must demonstrate mastery of content in Algebra I, English II and two of five additional subjects -- Algebra II, Biology I, English III, Geometry or United States history.

School districts must offer remediation for students who do not score proficient or advanced on one or more of the required EOI exams. Students may retake EOI exams up to three times per year or may use approved alternate tests or end-of-course projects to demonstrate mastery.

The testing window for retakes only is Nov. 14-23 and April 2-13. First-time tests and retakes can be scheduled November 28-January 6, January 16 -February 10 and April 16-May 11.

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Last updated on January 12, 2012